Jan 23, 2015

ICAO, WCO confirm effectiveness of "7 + 1" information

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) are examining the embodiment of the SAFE (Security and Facilitation in a Global Environment = WCO Standard Framework to ensure the safety and facilitation of international trade) Standard plan, known as the "7 + 1", regarding the prior information on air cargo load safety.

There was a working group meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland in early December last year and examined Phase 1 activities, which were centered on the "Pilot Project". The results confirmed the effectiveness of air cargo risk management, focusing on previously submitted "7 + 1" information. This was a major step toward the adoption of the "7 + 1" plan by the WCO Brussels General Assembly in June this year. The WCO will carry forward with related procedures for the submission of proposals to the assembly.

As the effectiveness of the "7 + 1" plan has already been confirmed, the WCO is planning to add new measures to the SAFE Framework of Standards revised draft, and adjust opinions among members. The revised version of SAFE will be discussed in the SAFE working group meeting which will be held for three days from April 15, and will be sent to the WCO Policy Committee and General Assembly as a proposal in June this year.

The name of the working group held last December was "ICAO-WCO Joint Working Group on Advance Cargo Information". The aviation authority members were from Canada, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States; the custom authority members were from Canada, EU, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United States; other related groups included the Global Express Association (GEA), the EU Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (EU-DG Move), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the organizers, the ICAO and the WCO. Singapore chairs the Working Group for aviation authorities and EU represents the customs authorities. The two-day meeting was held on December 4-5.

Pilot project Phase 1 was conducted under the cooperation of the related parties which were the United States, Canada and the EU.

The working group will start Phase 2 activities to create a more specific model in the meeting held in May this year. Prior to that, the WCO will report Phase 1 results at the TEGACS (Technical Expert Group on Air Cargo Security) meeting in February, and the ICAO will report to them at the AVSEC Panel (Aviation Security Panel) meeting in May for the discussion.

The details of the eight items in the "7 + 1" information are as follows: (1) shipper's name (2) shipper's address (3) consignee's name (4) consignee's address (5) package quantity (6) gross weight (7) description of cargo (8) House Air Waybill (HAWB) number.

The ICAO and the WCO are jointly engaged in the development of the draft of the standard for prior information on air cargo load safety. First, the WCO will adopt that in June this year, as the General Assembly is held earlier, and wait for the decision of the ICAO which will be made in 2016.

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